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Pro and Fan Comic Book Awards come to "America's Greatest Comic Book Convention" and YOU GET A VOTE!

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. Nominations were determined by fans and pros alike. Voting on the final nominations are open to all comic creative professionals.

The fifth annual awards will return as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. Top honors will be announced Saturday, October 23, 2021.

The 2021 Ringo Awards Nominees...

Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)

  • Derf Backderf
  • Mongie
  • Stan Sakai
  • Rachel Smythe
  • Adrian Tomine
  • Sophie Yanow

Best Writer

  • Penelope Bagieu
  • Anthony Del Col
  • Jason Douglas
  • N.K. Jemisin
  • Marjorie Liu
  • James Tynion IV
  • Ram V

Best Artist or Penciller

  • Josh Adams
  • Jamal Campbell
  • Elsa Charretier
  • Hanza Art
  • Sana Takeda

Best Inker

  • Sanford Greene
  • Brett Hobson
  • Jjolee
  • Gabriel Hernandez Walta
  • Tonci Zonjic

Best Letterer

  • Deron Bennett
  • Aditya Bidikar
  • DC Hopkins
  • Micah Myers
  • Chas! Pangburn

Best Colorist

  • Toyin Ajetunmobi
  • Laura Allred
  • Tamra Bonvillain
  • Aladdin Lee Grant Rutledge Collar
  • Jacob Phillips
  • Joe Todd-Stanton
  • Christian Ward

Best Cover Artist

  • Gian Carlo Bernal
  • Stephanie Hans
  • Maan House
  • Steve Lieber
  • Peach Momoko
  • Kevin O’Neill
  • Joe Todd-Stanton

Best Series

  • The Department of Truth, Image Comics
  • Far Sector, DC Comics
  • Lore Olympus, WEBTOON
  • My Deepest Secret, WEBTOON
  • Usagi Yojimbo, IDW Publishing
  • Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, DC

Best Single Issue or Story

  • All-America Comix #1, Image Comics
  • Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds, BOOM! Studios
  • Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx, Flying Eye Books (US) / Nobrow Press
  • “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin” from Ice Cream Man Present Quarantine Comix Special #1, Image Comics
  • The O.Z., self-published
  • Parallel, Source Point Press

Best Original Graphic Novel

  • Buried But Not Dead, Source Point Press
  • Kent State, Abrams Books
  • The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, Drawn & Quarterly
  • Moms, Drawn & Quarterly
  • Pulp, Image Comics

Best Anthology

  • Be Gay, Do Comics, IDW Publishing
  • Hey, Amateur! Go From Novice to Nailing It in 9 Panels, IDW Publishing
  • Maybe Someday: Stories of Promise, Visions of Hope, A Wave Blue World
  • Pandemix: Quarantine Comix in the Age of ‘Rona, self-published
  • Votes for Women: The Battle for the 19th Amendment, Little Red Bird Press

Best Humor Comic

  • Akissi: Even More Tales of Mischief, Flying Eye Books (US) / Nobrow Press
  • ArkhaManiacs, DC
  • Billionaire Island, AHOY Comics
  • Love and Capes: The Family Way, Maerkle Press/IDW Publishing
  • Metalshark Bro 2: Assault on Hamzig Island, Scout Comics
  • Moms, Drawn & Quarterly
  • Wicked Things, BOOM! Studios

Best Webcomic

Best Humor Webcomic

Best Non-fiction Comic Work

  • Banned Book Club, Iron Circus Comics
  • Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker In California, Z2 Comics
  • Come Home Indio, Street Noise Books
  • Dancing after Ten, Fantagraphics Books
  • Grateful Dead – Origins, Z2 Comics
  • Kent State, Abrams Books
  • We’ll Soon Be Home Again, Dark Horse Comics

Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel

  • Akissi: Even More Tales of Mischief, Flying Eye Books (US) / Nobrow Press
  • Cat Kid Comic Club #1, Scholastic Graphix
  • Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio, Action Lab Entertainment
  • Max Meow: Cat Crusader, Random House
  • The Perhapanauts: First Blood, Black Caravan/Scout
  • Twins, Scholastic Graphix

Best Presentation in Design

  • Crescent City Monsters, Dream Fury Comics
  • Dave Cockrum’s X-Men Artifact Edition, IDW Publishing
  • The Electric Black, Black Caravan/Scout
  • The Harrowing of Hell, Iron Circus Comics
  • Heavy Metal #300, Heavy Metal
  • Impossible Jones, Volume 1: Grin & Gritty, Panic Button Press
  • Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx, Flying Eye Books (US) / Nobrow Press

The 2021 Ringo Awards Professional Jury...

Amy Dallen

AMY DALLEN

Host and writer for geek media, both independently and on shows for Geek & Sundry (The Wednesday Club, Talkin’ Comics Weekly), DC Universe (former host of DC Daily), and Collider (Collider Heroes). She is known for her performances (Callisto 6, Shield of Tomorrow), tabletop and video game streaming, and for her commentary drawing on over a decade in comics retail as a staff member at House of Secrets in Burbank, CA.

Dr. Katie Monnin

DR. KATIE MONNIN

First author to discuss teaching with graphic novels in 21st century classrooms. Alongside the award-winning Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), she has also written eight more books about teaching graphic novels and pop culture in 21st century classrooms. In 2018, Dr. Monnin created and launched Why so serious? Productions, an educational organization. Dr. Monnin also wrote a monthly column for Diamond Bookshelf called “Katie’s Korner: Graphic Novel Reviews for Schools and Libraries” from 2010 – 2020. DC Comics also works with Dr. Monnin to create academic reading guides.

John Siuntres

JOHN SIUNTRES

Host and producer of shows for CBS Radio, CBS-TV, ESPN, Fox Sports Network, and the former Sporting News Radio Network. Creator of the Word Balloon Podcast, a talk show podcast featuring one on one interviews with comic book creators, novelists, screenwriters, and actors. In 2011 USA TODAY’S POP CANDY Blogger Whitney Matheson rated Word Balloon the number 1 comic book podcast. John was also featured on The Science Channel as an on-camera expert on the 8-part TV series, Prophets Of Science Fiction.

Steenz

STEENZ

St. Louis-based cartoonist, editor, and professor. Cartoonist on the syndicated comic strip Heart Of The City, the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning GN Archival Quality, and is featured in short story anthologies such as Eisner- and Ignatz Award-winning Elements: Fire, Mine!, and Dead Beats. Launched and edited the popular RPG periodical Rolled & Told. Currently teaches cartooning at Webster University while editing titles from Mad Cave Studios.

Brian Stelfreeze

BRIAN STELFREEZE

A multi-talented artist, with experience penciling, inking, coloring, painting, and writing. A founding member of Gaijin Studios. A prolific and acclaimed cover artist. Brian’s creative output can be found on BOOM! Studios’ Day Men, Marvel Comics’ Black Panther, and DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat. BOOM! Studios’ recently released The Signature Art of Brian Stelfreeze, a definitive look at his publishing career.

Who is Mike Wieringo?

Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo (June 24, 1963 – August 12, 2007), who often signed his work Ringo, is an American comics artist best known for his work on DC Comics’ The Flash, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, and his co-creation Tellos.

Most of all, Mike thought good comics were entertaining and innovative. If you could hold his attention and delight and intrigue his artistic sensibilities at the same time, he’d shout your name from the rooftops. And, if it turned out you were a decent, nice person to boot, he’d be your friend for life.”

– Matt Wieringo

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